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In pictures: Protests in Pattaya

Supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra storm the media centre at the hotel

A summit meeting of South East Asian leaders in Thailand has been cancelled after anti-government protesters stormed the summit venue in the resort of Pattaya.

Anti-government demonstrators storm past security line guarded by Thai soldiers

Protesters managed to push their way into the conference centre, despite a heavy police presence.

A helicopter takes off from a roof of the hotel hosting the ASEAN summit

Delegates were evacuated by helicopter due to security concerns after the Thai Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, declared a state of emergency.

Anti-government demonstrators storm through the 14th ASEAN convention hall

The red-shirted protesters - supporters of ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra - have been demanding the resignation of Mr Abhisit and other senior Thai officials perceived as hostile to Mr Thaksin.

Pro-government supporters battle with supporters of exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra

Meanwhile, pro-government protesters took to the streets to show their opposition to the Thakin supporters, as months of political turmoil in Thailand showed no sign of letting up.

Soldiers stand guard outside the Asean venue

The BBC correspondent in Thailand says that the failure of security forces to hold back protesters is a humiliation for the government and highlights deep divisions in Thai society.



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